Game Night Results

  • 32 weeks 5 days ago

    KalPa 6 vs. SaiPa 0
    Saku Salminen, SaiPa, DNP
    Season totals: 39 GP, 3-4-7, -9, 41 PIM

    Saku Salminen remains out of the lineup injured, and some merciful league official just needs to put SaiPa's season out of its misery.

  • 32 weeks 6 days ago

    Brampton Beast 4 at Kalamazoo Wings 5

    F Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, E, 4 PIMS, 0 SOG
    Season Totals (ECHL): 18 GP, 1-2-3, -1, 4 PIMs, 30 SOG
    Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs

    F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIMS, 2 SOG
    Season Totals (ECHL): 5 GP, 1-5-6, +6, 2 PIMs, 11 SOG
    Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs

    Other Notables
    G Nic Riopel, KAL, W, 60:00 MINS, 34/38
    Season Totals: 24 GP, 13-9-0-1, 2.82 GAA, 0.904 SV%, 1 SO

    Nic Riopel outlasted Zachary Fucale for his 9th win in his last 10 games, as the K-Wings continue their hot streak, now at five straight wins. Riopel was peppered with 38 shots, and Kalamazoo's new found offense showed up yet again and carried the day. Cam Darcy extended his point streak to five games. Kalamazoo travels to Toledo to take on the best team in the league Saturday night, before returning home Sunday for an afternoon tilt against Adirondack.

  • 32 weeks 6 days ago

    Reasonable Lightning road effort falls apart in the end.

    TB-2
    PIT-5

    Peter Budaj allowed 4 goals on 34 shots for the loss in his Lightning debut. He was very good, and probably deserved a better fate than he got on this night.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    6:18 TB Erne (1), Namestnikov, Paquette)
    8:39 PIT Malkin (27), (Kessel, Schultz)(PP)
    16:49 PIT Malkin (28), (Kessel, Cole)

    Third Period
    1:10 TB Kucherov (28), (Drouin, Hedman)(PP)
    2:38 PIT Streit (6), (Crosby, Malkin)
    16:37 PIT Schultz (10), (Crosby, Streit)(PP)
    19:00 PIT Kuhnhackl (4), (Bonino)(EN)

    Tampa Bay played pretty well up until they got the Erne goal in the Second Period. They showed they could hang with the defending champs, but took their foot off the gas once they got a lead and eventually found themselves down heading into the final frame. Kucherov got the game even on the power play early in the Third Period, but the team again sagged after scoring the goal and Pittsburgh quickly regained the lead. Drouin set up Kucherov for point blank chances on two different sequences in the middle of the period, but he couldn't capitalize and that ultimately was the game. The game was a lot closer and better played than the score indicated. Unfortunately, the Lightning's standings position means moral victories are worth less than nothing. Only points matter right now.

    Greg McKegg was -1 with 2 shots and 2 hits in 8:25. He was also 60% on 5 draws.

    Jake Dotchin was -1 with 1 shot, 3 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 18:56.

    Gabriel Dumont had 4 hits in 7:59.

    Adam Erne had his first NHL goal and point and was +1 with 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 13:35. His like on Paquette/Namestnikov/Erne faded in the Third Period, but they looked pretty strong for much of the first two periods and may merit keeping an eye on over the next few games. They were quite good.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 33 weeks 11 min ago

    Inauspicious debut with the Crunch for McKenna.

    HER-5
    SYR-1

    Mike McKenna allowed 4 goals on 9 shots for the loss before giving way to Kristers Gudlevskis, who allowed 1 goal on 9 shots the rest of the way.

    First Period
    1:37 HER Gilbert (1), (Barber, Boyd)
    3:27 SYR McGinn (2), (Taormina, Gourde)
    11:49 HER Barber (8), (O'Brien, Bourque)(PP)
    13:05 HER Thomas (20), (Stephenson)(PP)

    Second Period
    7:54 HER Djoos (10), (Mitchell, Zajac)
    13:33 HER Thomas (21), (Williams)

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Tye McGinn was the game's third star, scoring Syracuse's lone goal after returning from an injury suffered in mid-October. Other than that, it was a dismal night.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 33 weeks 19 min ago

    Khabarovsk Jr. 1 vs. Yaroslavl Jr. 3
    Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

    Oleg Sosunov had a minor for roughing in Loko Jr.'s 3-1 win over Khabarovsk Jr.

  • 33 weeks 1 day ago

    Khabarovsk Jr. 2 vs. Yaroslavl Jr. 3 (OT)
    Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., DNP
    Season totals: 31 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 77 PIM

    Oleg Sosunov did not dress for Loko Jr.'s 3-2 OT win over Khabarovsk Jr. Sosunov, of course, was kicked out of his club's last match after participating in a line brawl near the end of the Third Period. Loko Jr. currently sits in third on the MHL Western Conference table, and look like a safe bet to get one of the top three seeds heading into the playoffs.

  • 33 weeks 1 day ago

    Kalamazoo Wings 3 at Quad City Mallards 2 OT

    F Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIMS, 4 SOG
    Season Totals (ECHL): 17 GP, 1-2-3, -1, 0 PIMs, 30 SOG
    Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs

    F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIMS, 1 SOG
    Season Totals (ECHL): 4 GP, 1-4-5, +5, 0 PIMs, 9 SOG
    Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs

    Other Notables
    G Nic Riopel, KAL, W, 61:10 MINS, 34/36, *1st Star*
    Season Totals: 23 GP, 12-9-0-1, 2.76 GAA, 0.905 SV%, 1 SO

    En fuego. Nic Riopel backstopped the K-Wings to their fourth straight win with a 34 save performance and a gritty twice-come-from-behind 3-2 OT road victory against the rival Mallards. It was Riopel's 8th win in his last 9 starts, earning 1st Star honors on the night. Cam Darcy extended his point streak to four games, setting up two goals including the OT game-winner. Kalamazoo has a big-time 3-in-3 this weekend, with powerhouses Brampton, Toledo, and Adirondack all on the schedule.

  • 33 weeks 1 day ago

    Lightning weather awful performance to pull out a win.

    CAR-3
    TB-4 (OT)

    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 31 shots for the victory. Another performance where he held the team in the game with his performance in the First Period. All three goals came on deflections, so altogether another quality start.

    First Period
    7:58 TB Hedman (11), (Kucherov, Palat)(PP)
    11:51 CAR Hanifin (3), (Lindholm, Aho)
    14:54 CAR Ryan (9), (Hanifin, Rask)(PP)

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    10:51 TB Johnson (18), (Dotchin, Palat)
    15:18 TB Kucherov (27), (Johnson, Garrison)
    17:23 CAR McClement (5), (Slavin, Lindholm)(SH)

    Overtime
    0:46 TB Hedman (12), (Kucherov, Johnson)

    Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov, and Tyler Johnson were the game's three stars.

    Garbage performance by the Lightning and they got away with it. They came out flat as a pancake again after more trade drama with the departure of Valtteri Filppula earlier in the day. As bad as those 4 shots on goal were in the First Period, they actually managed only 3 in the Third Period. Just a really mentally soft, really emotionally bankrupt effort that they stole 2 points out of.

    So, how high is the hill now? Well, the Lightning have pulled within 30 points of magic number 96. The math's actually simple at this hour with 20 games left to go: get 30 of a remaining 40 possible points. Playing .750 remains a pretty tough ask, but they've been playing at that clip for the past couple of weeks, and if Stamkos can return in mid to late March... look, it's nice to dream.

    New addition Greg McKegg had 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 8:14.

    Jake Dotchin had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 20:07. The key goal to knot the game at 2-2 came on a Dotchin bomb from the point that deflected down and in off Tyler Johnson's skate. Big goal from a big shot. Dotchin's strong as an ox and it shows in his slapper.

    Gabriel Dumont had 1 hit in 8:32.

    Adam Erne had 4 hits in 15:12. 4 shots attempted on goal, but couldn't get any on frame.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 33 weeks 3 days ago

    SaiPa 1 vs. Assat 2 (OT)
    Saku Salminen, SaiPa, DNP
    Season totals: 39 GP, 3-4-7, -9, 41 PIM

    Undrafted 24 year old Simon Suoranta scored a tying goal with less than 5 minutes to go in regulation and chased it down with the OT winner to lift Assat to a 2-1 win over SaiPa. SaiPa? Still bad. Salminen? Still hurt. SaiPa falls 3 points back of KooKoo in the Liiga basement.

  • 33 weeks 3 days ago

    New look Lightning survive sleepy start to annihilate Ottawa.

    OTT-1
    TB-5

    Andrei Vasilevskiy began life as the presumptive number one goaltender in Tampa Bay with a 39/40 command performance for the win that included some pure Vasilarceniy in the First Period to allow his team to keep contact and eventually secure the win. That's about all you could ask for from Andrei in his first night as "the man."

    First Period
    6:26 OTT Turris (22), (Karlsson, Hoffman)(PP)

    Second Period
    1:39 TB Point (9), (unassisted)
    5:37 TB Kucherov (24), (Hedman, Drouin)(PP)
    10:26 TB Kucherov (25), (Drouin, Johnson)(PP)
    19:46 TB Kucherov (26), (Hedman, Drouin)(PP)

    Third Period
    10:57 TB Coburn (3), (Kucherov, Johnson)

    Nikita Kucherov, Vasilevskiy, and Jonathan Drouin were the game's three stars. Kucherov had the natural hat trick and a four point night overall and appears to be fully back to unstoppable form after a very pedestrian middle part of his campaign. When Kucherov is Kucherov, the Lightning are awfully hard to beat.

    The Lightning, probably reeling from the trades of veterans Ben Bishop and Brian Boyle, frankly looked lost in the First Period tonight. It took Vasilevskiy stepping up in that opening frame just to give the team a chance because honestly an ordinary goaltending performance would've left them run out of their own barn. A good forecheck on an early shift in the Second Period led to an awful turnover into the slot that led to a Brayden Point quick release goal, and from that point on the Lightning looked like a giant weight had been lifted off of them. Here's the thing about when veterans move out of your locker room: sometimes the vacuum actually gives oxygen to your younger players to step up and take bigger leadership roles. Point and Drouin, in particular, had great body language in that Second Period and you hope they seize the opportunity now to fill the void and imprint their identity on the Lightning now moving forward.

    There's still a long way to go to the deadline on Wednesday and a few veteran contracts the Lightning would probably not mind getting out from under if they could, so there could be more changes in the offing. But for now, so far so good. Standings-wise, Tampa Bay needs 32 of a possible 42 remaining points to get to 96 for the season, which would be a colossal task. We're probably still in diagnostic mode the rest of the campaign, but if the Lightning can make this interesting down the stretch it only bodes well for the future. One pretty nice thing about tonight's game is it got the Lightning to dead even in goal differential this year. It'd be nice to be on the plus side at the end of the year, and that seems do-able.

    Jake Dotchin had 2 hits in 16:56. I think you saw his minutes logically trimmed back against a quicker Eastern Conference team. Makes sense.

    Gabriel Dumont had 2 penalty minutes and 2 hits in 5:50. Got 5 minutes worth for the price of 2 in that fight with Wideman. Wideman slashed Dumont's stick out of his hand and was promptly fed a sneaky upercut after the two dropped the gloves before Dumont ragdolled Wideman the rest of the bout. Pound for pound, Dumont showed me something there.

    Adam Erne had 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and 1 hit in 13:33. He looks really comfortable at the NHL level already, and I hope he stays in Tampa Bay the rest of the way to see if he can keep developing and stick in Tampa Bay for good heading into next year. With Boyle gone, he brings an element of size and strength down low the team will need.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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